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Thursday, April 30, 2009

Washington Photo Op Flyby Over Ny Terrorizes Citizens.


Gadfly has her dander up in spades and still foaming at the mouth over that stupid photo-op flyby over Manhatten that scared the bejesus out of citizens, making them think it was a 9/11 repeat. She posts on Dan'l's blog. Check out her rant and the news at

Here are a few excerpts from her post:

Smart power: White House freaks out New York with low altitude fly-by; Video: Panicked NYers run in the streets; Update: Obama “furious”Video-AF1 fly by of Goldman Sachs building, NYNY. "alleged "Photo Op:


Blogger The Future Was Yesterday said...

I think a lot of politicians in Wasteington should be very, very grateful ole Gad doesn't know how to fly a plane, or she'd be showing them what a low flyover really looked like - looking up from the bags of shit she dropped on them!:)

Friday, May 01, 2009 2:39:00 AM

Blogger ThomasLB said...

I don't know what they were up to, but I don't believe for a minute that it was a "photo op."

If all they wanted was a picture of a plane next to the Statue of Liberty, they could have done it in 30 seconds with PhotoShop, and it wouldn't have cost them a dime.

Friday, May 01, 2009 6:10:00 AM

Blogger Worried American said...

Dan'l: You are so-o-o right! She's really fired up about that mess.

Thomas:The public so far has not been given a reasonable reply to that question. People have a lot of suspicions about the true motive, however, and NONE are "photo-op". I doubt that we'll ever know why it was done.

Friday, May 01, 2009 10:00:00 AM



Monday, April 27, 2009

My Lesson About a Pandemic

I often post my age as "nine years older than God" but actually I did not exist at the time of the 1918-1919 Influenza Pandemenic. I was born and reared rurally on the flat coastal plain bordering the Gulf of Mexico. Country born and country reared, I knew little of city life at that stage of my life. But I was country wise and capable of safely navigating the woods and country areas.

One year I went to the central Texas Hill Country to spend the summer and one school semester with my maternal grand parents at their farm, their first retirement home. The hills were rocky and heavily wooded; the area was sparsely settled and small villages were few and far between. Attending school required about a 20 0r 25 mile bus ride to the nearest real town. I spent happy days horseback riding or roaming the hills with a small .22 rifle and our big dog. Those days were an education in themselves, sometimes quiet and uneventful, sometimes filled with exciting discoveries.

I chanced upon an old abandoned cemetery with tombstones dating back into the previous century and probably back to the time of the early settlers to that part of Texas. Some of the tombstones were professionally made but some were merely slabs of flat rock that someone had chiseled names and dates into them. Some were so old and weathered that the inscriptions were not discernible. The cemetery was overgrown with hard scrabble weeds and some of the tombstones were leaning precipitously. I felt sorry for the little neglected piece of history and began hauling a shovel, hoe and rake up there to do cleanup. I enjoyed the hot, sweaty labor and had a tremendous feeling of accomplishment as I finally surveyed the clean, neat cemetery.

I noted that a disproportionate number of the stones were death dated in 1918 or 1919. Even though history says that the hardest hit by the pandemic were young adults, people of all ages succumbed to the disease. There were many graves of babies and children. The area was sparsely settled at my time and I knew the population had to be even smaller and more isolated in the 1900s. So why so many deaths at one time? [ Even in the census of 2007, the population of Belton, the largest town to which country children were bussed to school,was only17,330.]

I was aware of death; death by disease - whooping cough, diptheria, even measles (one of my uncles almost died in a measles epidemic (NOT pandemic) that scourged the countryside when I was a child); death by accidents - drownings, farm accidents, bull goring, snake bites, infections, etc.. But I had no knowledge of mass deaths outside of war. I asked my Grandmother about so many, many deaths in 1918-1919. As was the wont of old people back then, she began with, "well, Honey, back in nineteen and eighteen..." and she told me about the terrible number of people who perished in the influenza pandemenic. I knew of how a disease could flash through the countryside as in the measles epidemic, but such losses as in a pandemic was incomprehensible to me.

Also I puzzled over how the disease was transmitted so readily, especially in a population so sparse and scattered back in the Texas Hill Country in that era. In 1918 the town was scarcely more than a village. ["Belton was founded in 1850, and in early years grew as a rustic trading center for nearby farms and ranches. The first merchant sold goods from his wagon before any stores were built; first “saloon” was a barrel of whiskey and a tin cup under a shade tree. A stagecoach line served the village, and cowboys herding longhorns up to the Chisholm Trail enjoyed rest stops in Belton."] One source of contagion may have been the children bussed to the town school where they became infected. Country men (and rarely the women) might go to town a few times a month via horse and wagon where they would be exposed to large number of people, many from outside the area; all could bring contagion with them. And ofcourse, members of the little hill country churches congregated on Sundays and other days of worship and social events, passing the disease around. The Influenza virus was virulent and easily transmitted as witnessed by the number of dead in an isolated part of the country with a low number of population.

If a pandemic arises today, just think of the contagion in today's multi-thousand or million population cities and the number of people entering and leaving every day. Schools can be closed, sporting events, movie houses and other places where people tend to congregate can be closed. But still, people have to work in order to draw paychecks to live on. Foodstuffs and supplies must be purchased. We can't barricade ourselves in an ivory tower.

Mexico is hardest hit so far. It isn't mentioned in the news yet (that I have heard) but can we discount the possibility of frightened Mexicans fleeing their country to United States to take refuge with family or friends here --and bringing the virus with them? It is human nature to flee danger and to try to protect their families. We feel compassion for them but can we risk possible contagion? Also, other illegal immigrants from further south must pass through Mexico to enter our country -- and pick up the virus on their way down and bring it to us?

This is a serious danger to our people and to the nation. Everyone should read and heed the advice disseminated by the CDC and the government. Be as safe as possible and hope this threat fizzles out like the Bird Flu did.

Article below in next post.


Swine Flu - the Big One or a Fizzle?

Bush established dictatorial powers for the presidency including declaring Martial Law in case of emergencies, forcing citizens to remain in certain areas up to and including isolating them in camps. A Pandemenic is an emergency, quarantining is necessary, preventing carrying the virus to other areas is needful -- would Obama exercise the powers set up by Bush in order to protect the nation?? Would he relinquich the powers once the emergency was over?


Is swine flu 'the big one' or a flu that fizzles?

Tips To Protect Yourself From Swine Flu Play Video CBS 2 New York – Tips To Protect Yourself From Swine Flu

People wear surgical masks as a precaution against infection inside a subway in AP – People wear surgical masks as a precaution against infection inside a subway in Mexico City, Friday, …

ATLANTA – As reports of a unique form of swine flu erupt around the world, the inevitable question arises: Is this the big one?

Is this the next big global flu epidemic that public health experts have long anticipated and worried about? Is this the novel virus that will kill millions around the world, as pandemics did in 1918, 1957 and 1968?

The short answer is it's too soon to tell.

"What makes this so difficult is we may be somewhere between an important but yet still uneventful public health occurrence here — with something that could literally die out over the next couple of weeks and never show up again — or this could be the opening act of a full-fledged influenza pandemic," said Michael Osterholm, a prominent expert on global flu outbreaks with the University of Minnesota.

"We have no clue right now where we are between those two extremes. That's the problem," he said.

Health officials want to take every step to prevent an outbreak from spiraling into mass casualties. Predicting influenza is a dicey endeavor, with the U.S. government famously guessing wrong in 1976 about a swine flu pandemic that never materialized.

"The first lesson is anyone who tries to predict influenza often goes down in flames," said Dr. Richard Wenzel, the immediate past president of the International Society for Infectious Diseases.

But health officials are being asked to make such predictions, as panic began to set in over the weekend.

The epicenter was Mexico, where the virus is blamed for 86 deaths and an estimated 1,400 cases in the country since April 13. Schools were closed, church services canceled and Mexican President Felipe Calderon assumed new powers to isolate people infected with the swine flu virus.

International concern magnified as health officials across the world on Sunday said they were investigating suspected cases in people who traveled to Mexico and come back with flu-like illnesses. Among the nations reporting confirmed cases or investigations were Canada, France, Israel and New Zealand.

Meanwhile, in the United States, there were no deaths and all patients had either recovered or were recovering. But the confirmed cases around the nation rose from eight on Saturday morning to 20 by Sunday afternoon, including eight high school kids in New York City — a national media center. The New York Post's front page headline on Sunday was "Pig Flu Panic."

The concern level rose even more when federal officials on Sunday declared a public health emergency — a procedural step, they said, to mobilize antiviral medicine and other resources and be ready if the U.S. situation gets worse.

U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention officials say that so far swine flu cases in this country have been mild. But they also say more cases are likely to be reported, at least partly because doctors and health officials across the country are looking intensively for suspicious cases.

And, troublingly, more severe cases are also likely, said Dr. Richard Besser, the CDC's acting director, in a Sunday news conference.

"As we continue to look for cases, we are going to see a broader spectrum of disease," he predicted. "We're going to see more severe disease in this country."

Besser also repeated what health officials have said since the beginning — they don't understand why the illnesses in Mexico have been more numerous and severe than in the United States. In fact, it's not even certain that new infections are occurring. The numbers could be rising simply because everyone's on the lookout.

He also said comparison to past pandemics are difficult.

"Every outbreak is unique," Besser said.

The new virus is called a swine flu, though it contains genetic segments from humans and birds viruses as well as from pigs from North America, Europe and Asia. Health officials had seen combinations of bird, pig and human virus before — but never such an intercontinental mix, including more than one pig virus.

More disturbing, this virus seems to spread among people more easily than past swine flus that have sometimes jumped from pigs to people.

There's a historical cause for people to worry.

Flu pandemics have been occurring with some regularity since at least the 1500s, but the frame of reference for health officials is the catastrophe of 1918-19. That one killed an estimated 20 to 50 million people worldwide.

Disease testing and tracking were far less sophisticated then, but the virus appeared in humans and pigs at about the same time and it was known as both Spanish flu and swine flu. Experts since then have said the deadly germ actually originated in birds.

But pigs may have made it worse. That pandemic began with a wave of mild illness that hit in the spring of 1918, followed by a far deadlier wave in the fall which was most lethal to young, healthy adults. Scientists have speculated that something happened to the virus after the first wave — one theory held that it infected pigs or other animals and mutated there — before revisiting humans in a deadlier form.

Pigs are considered particularly susceptible to both bird and human viruses and a likely place where the kind of genetic reassortment can take place that might lead to a new form of deadly, easily spread flu, scientists believe.

Such concern triggered public health alarm in 1976, when soldiers at Fort Dix, N.J., became sick with an unusual form of swine flu.

Federal officials vaccinated 40 million Americans. The pandemic never materialized, but thousands who got the shots filed injury claims, saying they suffered a paralyzing condition and other side effects from the vaccinations.

To this day, health officials don't know why the 1976 virus petered out.

Flu shots have been offered in the United States since the 1940s, but new types of flu viruses have remained a threat. Global outbreaks occurred again in 1957 and 1968, though the main victims were the elderly and chronically ill.

In the last several years, experts have been focused on a form of bird flu that was first reported in Asia. It's a highly deadly strain that has killed more than 250 people worldwide since 2003. Health officials around the world have taken steps to prepare for the possibility of that becoming a global outbreak, but to date that virus has not gained the ability to spread easily from person to person.

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Saturday, April 25, 2009

Bea Arthur Passed Away Saturday

I am not a TV Junkie but I do watch certain programs and occasionally a few series, two of which were "Maude" and "The Golden Girls". I liked Bea Arthur and am sorry she has passed away. The members of this blog have another interest in her shows: Dan'l at dubbed us "The Golden Girls", which pleased and amused us three elderly woman.

Remembering Bea Arthur, feminist TV pioneer

AP Photo/Reed Saxon

Beatrice Arthur accepts an Emmy award for "The Golden Girls" in 1988.

There are lots of reasons to take a moment this weekend to mark the passing of Bea Arthur, who died on Saturday at age 86 in her home in Los Angeles. The most obvious was that she was talented and hilarious, and that if you are over the age of 30 in this country, there's a good chance that she made you laugh on a semi-regular basis at some point in your life.

But it's also important to remember that before "Dollhouse," before "Sex and the City," there was "Maude." The "All in the Family" spin-off, which ran from 1972 to 1978, starred Arthur as Maude Findlay, the Democratic-voting, women's liberation-supporting, four times married cousin of Edith Bunker. The program, created by television visionary Norman Lear, made the news early in its run for featuring prime time's first abortion, in a two-part episode that aired two months before Roe v. Wade made abortion legal across the country.

Seven years after "Maude," Arthur starred in "The Golden Girls" as Dorothy Zbornak, the divorced retiree who shared a home in Florida with three other women, including her aged mother. It's remarkable to think, given how young, glossy and pneumatic network television has become, that less than 20 years ago, the airwaves were given over to four older women who talked about sex and ex-husbands and ate cheesecake.

Many others have observed that "The Golden Girls" was "Sex and the City" before "Sex and the City," or alternately that the "Sex and the City" ladies were only a few decades away from drinks on the lanai themselves. The show was one of the most female-friendly and respectful looks at the experience of aging while female ever broadcast on national airwaves, simply by showing women -- living, talking, having sex, making friends, cracking wise, living full lives together with energy and engagement. And if you happen to catch one of the reruns that still air, chances are good you'll laugh your ass off.

So here's to Bea Arthur, one of television's finest and funniest feminists.


Monday, April 20, 2009

I Love the Internet

What a great new look over here!!

Son Tim went surfacing Face Book a week or so ago and discovered a cousin he hadn't seen in years. That led to another cousin and then to my favorite relative by marriage, my sister-in-law. We've been out of touch since we were both in our 30's.

We, of course, were overjoyed. They'd been searching for us but both Tim's and my last name are so common, it was almost impossible. Anyhow, my sil and I are now corresponding and she just sent me this lovely poem. I hope my two co-writers (hi WA and Gadfly) and the rest of you enjoy it.

(I just finally updated "granny", complete with pictures.)

Congratulations to TFWA on the birth of his beautiful little girl and best wishes to all. I can now be found hanging out on Face Book and Twitter and I'll try to get back here a little more often. I'm still involved in local politics of course but have slowed down a little since the elections.

We are, of course, plotting our next move while awaiting the CA state supreme court decision re Proposition 8. I can't believe Iowa got there ahead of California but it's been a fun couple of weeks watching the barriers fall, one by one. There may come a day when folks will look back and wonder what all the fuss was about and why the government ever found it necessary to decide who we can love.

Son Jim safely back in states but detained at Ft Dix while they investigate nerve damage (???) in his arm. He's seeing a specialist at Walter Reed.

I got sidetracked. Here's the poem from my "sister in love".


Everyone should be born into this world happy
and loving everything.
But in truth it rarely works that way.
For myself, I have spent my life clamoring toward it.
Halleluiah, anyway I'm not where I started!

And have you too been trudging like that, sometimes
almost forgetting how wondrous the world is
and how miraculously kind some people can be?
And have you too decided that probably nothing important
is ever easy?
Not, say, for the first sixty years.

Halleluiah, I'm sixty now, and even a little more,
and some days I feel I have wings.

~ Mary Oliver ~
Blogger Worried American said...

Lovely poem, Granny.

How wonderful to connect with long lost relatives! I am happy for you.

I had commenters on two of my other blogs that were not relatives but friends from years gone by. One was from California (formerly from Texas) who attended the same church as my family when I was a child and she knew my grandmother and maternal uncles. It's been a long, long time since I was a child; that commenter must be older than dirt!!

The other knew one of my maternal uncles from several decades ago and was aware of his history and recent death. It is pleasing to hear such kind and admiring words from strangers.

As annoying as the internet can be, it is also wonderful.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009 11:01:00 PM

Blogger SheaNC said...

Well, I'm back too, finally :)

For a long time I couldn't access your site easily. Everything seems to be working fine now, though. Glad to see it!

Thursday, April 23, 2009 1:09:00 AM

Blogger The Future Was Yesterday said...

Wow!! Somebody has been working some hard overtime over here!! Thanks for the congratulations. "Grandpa and Grandma" arrived today escaping from the 100 degree weather on the left coast to the high 70'S here, and I think the three of them (Gran, Granp & Mommyj) are in competition to see who can sound the dumbest the longest.:)

Re the issues and political B.S.: If only people could mind their own business, just ONCE!!!

Thursday, April 23, 2009 1:18:00 AM

Blogger Worried American said...

SheaNC: Welcome back! You have been missed. You must have Internet Explorer as a browser. Not even I could access this blog with it, even though it worked fine on most other blogs. I do not know why. Several of our other former readers emailed to tell me they were unable to access IAB, either. I maintain IE but use my second browser almost exclusively - Mozilla Firefox,

Dan'l, Thanks. I decided on a change for a change. :-) Subject to change again at any time. Got tired of the same-o same-o.
Glad your in-laws have made it. As a grandmama many times over, I dare say your mother-in-law was in a stew to get there soonest.

Re:Issues and politics : ALWAYS a hassle.

Thursday, April 23, 2009 6:28:00 AM

Blogger audrey` said...

Yeah! You're on Twitter too, Ann =)

May I know your username on Twitter? Mine is audreyin.

See you on Facebook and Twitter, Ann =)

Saturday, April 25, 2009 2:10:00 AM



Chemicals et al Poison Our Water

What effect do these contaminants have on the growth, health and developement of our children? What are the long term effects? Conventional methods of cleaning our drinking water by water treatment plants do not usually remove chemicals, drugs and other types of contaminants. Children are especially vulnerable to the effects of even trace elements when exposed or ingested. At home, parents often mix powdered formula with tap water to feed their babies.
Major industries dump their waste with impunity into our waters.

AP IMPACT: Tons of released drugs taint US water

In this photo taken on Feb. 26, 2009, aeration basins are seen in operation at AP – In this photo taken on Feb. 26, 2009, aeration basins are seen in operation at the Wilmington Wastewater …

U.S. manufacturers, including major drugmakers, have legally released at least 271 million pounds of pharmaceuticals into waterways that often provide drinking water — contamination the federal government has consistently overlooked, according to an Associated Press investigation.

Hundreds of active pharmaceutical ingredients are used in a variety of manufacturing, including drugmaking: For example, lithium is used to make ceramics and treat bipolar disorder; nitroglycerin is a heart drug and also used in explosives; copper shows up in everything from pipes to contraceptives.

Federal and industry officials say they don't know the extent to which pharmaceuticals are released by U.S. manufacturers because no one tracks them —as drugs.

Click on link above to read rest of article
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WHAT IS HAZARDOUS WASTE? In the U.S., hazardous waste is defined as any discarded solid or liquid that is highly corrosive, toxic, reactive enough to release toxic fumes, or easily ignited. It can include solvents, pesticides, and spilled chemicals -- including acids, ammonia, chlorine bleach and other industrial cleaning agents -- as well as most heavy metals. Long-term exposure to hazardous waste can lead to chronic respiratory diseases such as asthma, damaged liver and kidneys, or cancer. Poisoning and chemical burns can result from contact with even small amounts of toxic chemical waste. Even brief exposure can cause headaches, dizziness, and nausea.

WHERE THAT GLASS OF WATER COMES FROM: Drinking water can come from either ground water sources, via wells, or surface water sources, such as rivers, lakes and streams. Most U.S. water systems in small and rural areas use a ground water source, while large metropolitan areas tend to rely on surface water. Causes of contamination can range from agricultural runoff to improper use of household chemicals.


site: article and video how changes in small fish detect contaminated water .


Blogger The Future Was Yesterday said...

It used to be that if you had a deep, flowing spring well, you were envied for the purity and the sweetness of the water. Now, there is no such thing as pure a 60 ft well or a city water system.

Monday, April 20, 2009 2:36:00 AM

Blogger Worried American said...

I heard on the TV tonight that the massive aquifer under California is contaminated!

Monday, April 20, 2009 10:56:00 PM

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Companies Who Buy Products From China to Sell To US

This page lists U.S. Companies that buy Chinese goods. By doing so, they not only support Communism BUT also cooperate with China in selling shoddy and dangerous products to the American public. They are as guilty as China is in screwing over us, robbing us of jobs. When we buy Chinese products, we also collaborate and cooperate with them, to our own detriment.

This article copied and excerpted from "BOYCOTT CHINA"

edited for length

Boycott all items from China.....

If our government won't say NO to China, then we can. The junk coming from there is of low quality anyway.

Keep our jobs by refusing to buy from Communist countries.

The following U.S.A. companies sell the stuff from CHINA. They sell other items that are not from China so remember to look at the tags before buying.

Also let them know that you don't like them buying the junk from China. If you find out that something you bought came from China, take it back and tell them the reason you are bringing it back is because you don't want to buy anything from China and they should not be promoting Communism.

Check back because the list is growing all the time.

These merchants have been identified to carry Chinese goods.

These places Directly Support communism by buying and selling China goods.

Gateway Computers


Dell computers

Kestrel Bicycles - they have recently begun having their bicycles

made in China.


DSI toys

Uneeda toys

Motormax toys

Irwin toys

Excite toys

Hasbro toys


Totsy toys

Gigo toys

Little tikes toys

Redbox toys

Tyco toys

Windmere toys


COOPER INDUSTRIES (aka) Cooper Menvier, Cooper Power Systems, Cooper Lighting, Cooper Crouse-Hinds, Cooper Tools and Cooper Bussmann. Home office Chase Tower 600 Travis, Suite 5800 Houston, Texas 77002-1001

Hi-Tec Shoes



Toys R Us

J C Penney Company

Albertsons stores

Paul's Markets

Wal-Mart (A very high percentage of their goods)

Kmart (A very high percentage of their goods)



Rite Aid (A very high percentage of their goods)

Target (A very high percentage of their goods)



America Online Inc



Pier 1

Ultimate Electronics

Play School products

Mattel toys

Dr. Scholl's shoes

Home Depot

Almost all tennis shoes... Check before buying

Lucas Arts Check all of their products
Check the Star Wars toys before buying, most are made in China. If ordering online, make sure you ask if its made in China before ordering or return it.

Shoes on the web company at at

And I am finding more all the time. If you find one please email to

Don't buy Chinese goods. Boycott China. Remember Tiananmen Square

Blogger Kvatch said...

I'd love to give up Dell computers, except that my employers keep buying them for me.

Sunday, April 19, 2009 10:36:00 PM


Sunday, April 12, 2009

Screwed Again!

Thanks to our government trade deals with a corrupt China who hates our guts, our citizens have been royally screwed again. How many more tainted or poisonous products have been foisted off on Americans through the crooked trade deals? How many more victims of catastrophes will be found to be affected and suffer even more? How much of new construction will be found to have used poison products from China? And why in blazes does our government allow this crappy trade to continue with trade deals from a nation even more corrupt than ours?

From China we've been sold poison pet food, poisoned candy, bad pharmaceutical products, etc. Yet trade with China continues. WHY? Our government panders to businesses. Greed rules.

Tainted Chinese drywall shows up in Katrina homes

CHALMETTE, La. – Thomas Stone and his wife rebuilt after their home was flooded by six feet of water during Hurricane Katrina, never dreaming they would face the agony of tearing it apart all over again.

They tapped Lauren Stone's 401(k) retirement savings and saved $1,000 by installing Chinese-made drywall throughout their two-story home. Now the Stones are among hundreds of Katrina victims facing another, this time unnatural, disaster.

Sulfur-emitting wallboard from China is wreaking havoc in homes, charring electrical wires, eating away at jewelry, silverware and other valuables, and possibly even sickening families.

"The bathroom upstairs has a corroded shower-head, the door hinges are rusting out," said 50-year-old Thomas Stone, the longtime fire chief of St. Bernard Parish, outside New Orleans. And then there's the stench, like rotten eggs, that seems to get worse with the heat and humidity.

"It makes me wish there would be another flood to wash it out," said his wife Lauren, 49.

Chinese manufacturers flooded the U.S. market with more than 500 million pounds of drywall around the same time Katrina was flooding New Orleans, an Associated Press review of shipping records has found.

The rest of this scandal is found HERE. Read it and get pissed.

See link below:
Chinese substituted poisonous chemical for safe glue in manufacturing toys-"the (toys) contained an adhesive solvent called "1,4 butylene glycol," which can simulate the so-called date-rape drug gamma hydroxy butyrate when ingested, causing seizures, coma or death. Cake decorations were also poisoned.
poison in wheat gluten from china sold to manufacturers of pet food. Thousands of pets die
tainted pharmaceuticals from china sold to us. Cancer meds, blood thinners...some medicines were actually fake
Tainted products for baby formula manufacture imported to U.S. from china. Babies in China die and over 1,000 hospitalized, 53,000 ill.
Global recalls of products made with the Chinese toxic milk - suspected=Oreo cookies, Snickers bars and M&M chocolate candies, yogurt, rice balls.. Only a few brands found poisoned in U.S..
The orders add to the lengthening list of recent U.S. government actions to ban, recall or restrict Chinese imports _ from juice to toothpaste _ because they are suspected of containing high levels of toxins.


Unfortunately, the list goes on and on. In view of the history of Chinese imports, why do our businesses continue to import manufactured goods and manufacturing supplies from China? GREED! Cheaper to buy, more profits to sell. And to hell with the American consumer.


Blogger Dusty Rose said...

Our government screws us in more ways than by allowing trade partners to sell us inferior, dangerous or even deadly products. In the first place they offshored so much manufacturing and other businesses that reduced the enterprises here and caused Americans workers to lose their jobs.

American businesses in turn ordered materials for their manufacturing plants from foreigners, since the American plants that previously made those materials were out of business. Or they ordered finished products from foreign manufacturers because they could get them cheaper and so making their profits bigger when they sold them here.

Our government, partly thanks to Bush and his "destroy America, make the rich richer policies", makes these trade deals to kiss up to business and screw the American public. Like you said, greed rules.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009 5:50:00 AM

Blogger Tor Hershman said...

Is America burning?
Heck, all humans ARE burning; respiration is a form of internal combustion.

Here's some Atheist humor that burns some folk up.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009 9:58:00 AM


Blogger Worried American said...

Hello, Tor. Thank you for visiting us and leaving your comment. You are correct that respiration is a form of internal combustion.Fortunately for us, we do not usually destruct as a result and are able to continue our lives in the manner to which we are accustomed (barring unforeseen circumstances). If the burning (destruction) of America as we know it occurs, our lives will be drastically changed and the future of our country and our way of life will be negatively altered.
I have posted the video you suggested. Again, you are right--that will piss a lot of people off, especially the Fundies and the more rabid members of other religions. Hmmm! You're not acquainted with Dan'l, are you? :-)

Tuesday, April 14, 2009 10:34:00 PMDelete

Blogger The Future Was Yesterday said...

China is dumping their inferior products on us, and daring us to say a word.

"Yet trade with China continues. WHY?"Because China owns us, lock, stock, and barrel.

Thursday, April 16, 2009 11:02:00 PM

WA: Something else we can thank BushCo for.